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Aldo Leopold Nature Center

Madison, WI View map

About

Rooted in 2021

The roots of our Southern Wisconsin prairies run deep and create black soil ripe for growth. The prairie’s deep roots keep it grounded, thriving through droughts and fires, and coming back brilliantly. There are potentially over 700 species that only call the prairie home. The prairie is unique, survives through hard times, and is firmly rooted in our natural surroundings.

There is no doubt these are tough times, but there is also no doubt that you live in your own prairie. The events and emotions that brought you together run deep, along with the family and friends that are unique to your social circles. No matter what happens when things go wrong, you come back brilliantly because you are rooted in each other and your circle.

At ALNC, we want to celebrate the deep roots that tie you and our community together. Our Rooted Weddings are designed to withstand the flames of the current pandemic, and allow you to establish your personal ecosystem with those who matter most to you.

We have some dates available in 2021,
please contact rentals@aldoleopoldnaturecenter.org for more information.

More Than Just A Celebration…

Having your wedding at ALNC is more than celebrating together: it’s also a way to support children’s environmental education throughout Dane County. Because of this, we absolutely love people that get married with us. You are supporting our mission, so we want to support you as much as possible. We include chairs, tables, cocktail tables, both portable and DJ quality sound systems, staff on-site throughout your reservation, covered outdoor areas, as well as string lights to light up a choice of areas. Rentals include Friday night set-up from 5:30pm to 10pm (rehearsal dinners are more than welcome), Saturday access from 9am to midnight, and Sunday access between 10am and 4pm for clean-up and maybe a little brunch and gift opening.

One of the most important things is your peace of mind. As an essential childcare center, ALNC follows a heightened level of safety guidelines, from cleaning to room capacities, and we’ll be more than happy to work with you to plan a safe and memorable weekend. We like to say our staff is included in your rental, and you can always reach out with any questions up until the last guest leaves. For added flexibility, our grounds are fully capable of hosting an all outdoor event.

During the pandemic, your local businesses have been affected as well. To help celebrate our roots, we are working closely with our Community Caterers to offer local, seasonal food that supports our Dane County family. We are encouraging couples to use Community Caterers for Rooted Weddings. Don’t worry about specific tastes or budgets; there are a huge variety of styles to choose from. We will gladly connect you with these local chefs and invite you to try their flavors by dining or carrying out with them.

In our commitment to sustainability and supporting our neighboring community, we are also encouraging couples to use only locally crafted beers, ciders, wines and spirits. All of these local crafters also have tasting options you can explore during your engagement.

Your wedding should celebrate your unique love and our unique community. Feel free to reach out to Duncan at rentals@aldoleopoldnaturecenter.org with any questions.

*While we are committed to providing you the best event possible, we must also adhere to Wisconsin and Dane County orders, and the size of your event will be limited to current restrictions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

$4950.00

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$3450.00

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$4950.00

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$3450.00

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Chairs
Event Planning
Lighting/Sound
Parking
Set Up
Tables

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

4

Describe your venue:

Campsite/Cabin
Garden
Park

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Uncovered Outdoor
Scenic Views

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Elopements

What event services do you offer?

Clean Up
Event Planner
Event Rentals
Get Ready Rooms
Lighting / Sound
Outside Vendors
Set Up
Wifi

What event items are available?

Altar/Arch
Audio Equipment
Chairs
Dance Floor
Lighting
Tables

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

May
June
July
August
September
October

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
March
April
November
December

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    Kate M. Married on 07/24/2021
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    Beautiful venue & excellent service

    ALNC is a perfect venue for couples looking to be surrounded by nature on their wedding day. The grounds at ALNC are stunning - especially in mid-summer with the wildflower blooms! And the indoor space is great for a reception hall/weather contingency plan.

    We had booked out wedding for July 2020 and worked closely with the event coordinator, Duncan, who was incredibly responsive and organized. We were especially excited that proceeds from our wedding would go towards ALNC's mission to bring nature to the Madison community. Unfortunately, we had to change our wedding plans due to COVID. Throughout this stressful time, Duncan and the team at ALNC were nothing but kind, supportive, and accommodating. When we eventually chose to cancel our ALNC wedding altogether and instead have a small private ceremony, ALNC actually refunded almost all of our fee. We are disappointed circumstances prevented us from having the beautiful wedding we had planned at ALNC, but I cannot recommend them highly enough for other couples!
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    Tia V. Married on 04/24/2021
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    We just dropped off our deposit!

    I'll update this review once the wedding happens!

    Our experience at ALNC has been nothing but positive, transparent and easy. Duncan and the staff that we have contacted are great to work with and accommodating to my questions and requests as we are planning our wedding. ALNC has a lot of experience as a wedding venue and their professionalism shows.
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    Sean D. Married on 04/25/2020
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    Fantastic Venue, Beautiful Scenery

    My wife and I had a wonderful time working with Duncan and the crew at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center. Duncan and his team are incredibly responsive, resourceful, and full of useful information to help keep your mind at ease during the stressful planning if your wedding. The nature center is set on acres of beautiful land with wildflowers, grasses, and trees. There are outdoor campfire pits to enjoy, as well as a large covered patio for guests to meander outside but still be protected from any elements. Inside is a beautiful rustic wood space with tables and built in dance floor. The nature center has some decorations and lights you are able to use but the cherry on top is you have the whole weekend for your event. That's right, you could set everything up Friday, have the wedding Saturday, and then just take everything down the following Sunday. No stressful in and out frenzy on one day! Working with the Aldo Leopold Nature Center was always a welcome experience and the easiest part of our wedding planning. I would recommend this venue highly!

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  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2020 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2019 Winner

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330 Femrite Drive Madison, WI, 53716
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Aldo Leopold Nature Center frequently asked questions

What items and services are included in the starting site fee at Aldo Leopold Nature Center?

Aldo Leopold Nature Center includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Chairs
  • Event Planning
  • Lighting/Sound
  • Parking
  • Set Up
  • Tables

What are the most important characteristics of Aldo Leopold Nature Center in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by Aldo Leopold Nature Center for wedding events is known for:
  • Campsite/Cabin
  • Garden
  • Park

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at Aldo Leopold Nature Center for wedding events?

Aldo Leopold Nature Center offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor
  • Scenic Views

What kind of wedding events does Aldo Leopold Nature Center offer?

Aldo Leopold Nature Center offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Elopements

What services does Aldo Leopold Nature Center offer for wedding events?

Aldo Leopold Nature Center offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planner
  • Event Rentals
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Lighting / Sound
  • Outside Vendors
  • Set Up
  • Wifi

What furniture and decorations does Aldo Leopold Nature Center have available for wedding events?

Aldo Leopold Nature Center offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Altar/Arch
  • Audio Equipment
  • Chairs
  • Dance Floor
  • Lighting
  • Tables

What percentage of users recommend Aldo Leopold Nature Center and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

Aldo Leopold Nature Center is recommended by 96% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.9 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 4.9 in quality of service, 4.9 in professionalism, 4.9 in value, 4.8 in average response time and 4.8 in flexibility.

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